Clips4Sale.com, one of the adult entertainment industry’s leading brands with its downloadable video clip site, filed a UDRP claim over the domain name, saying that it was too similar to its own site and that internet users would be confused.
The operator of Clips4Coins.com, Rico Istvanko from Germany, responded to the charge, claiming that he started up the site in 2015, and through its three years in existence there was no intent in trying to misguide, mislead or woo Clips4Sale customers. Istvanko noted that the site brought in about €3,000 a month and that the income was vital to livelihood.
The arbitrator in the case, however, noted that Clip4Sale’s parent company, Wiluna Holdings LLC, has numerous trademarks for the brand.
In his decision, the arbitrator ruled Istvanko did not have any rights to Clips4Coins.com and that it was registered in bad faith. The arbitrator ordered the domain name Clips4Coins.com transferred to Wiluna Holdings.
Launched in 2003, Clips4Sale offers perhaps the most clips — 7 million — of mainstream, kink and fetish content on the market.
Through the years of success, Wiluna Holdings also has found numerous imposter domain names with similarly themed websites.
Just this year, the company won cybersquatting cases involving the domains Clips4Free.net, Clips4Free.org, Clips4Free.com and Clips4Free.cc, as well as scores of sites that were found typosquatting.